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Hi I'm Shirlee

I am a stay a home mom to a sweet daughter, and love to take care of her, her dad, and her dog. I love my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Vancouver, WA as the middle of 5 children. I did lots of sports, but never really excelled in any of them. I also played piano, but wasn't great. I found my love in my school work, and caring for others. I graduated high school, and attended BYU. I majored in Accounting and achieved a Masters degree in tax. I married the love of my life shortly after graduation, and began working in the accounting field. I worked for 7 years as we tried to expand our family. I was diagnosed with PCOS, and we found a fertility doctor. After many tests and procedures, 4 IVF cycles, 2 miscarriages, I got pregnant and we were finally blessed with our daughter. She is the most amazing child of God, and has the sweetest spirit about her. She can melt anyones heart, especially mine and her Dad's. I have now put my professional career on hold while I teach and care for our baby and hope we can once again add to our family. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking reading, blogging, and sewing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, and grew up in a family that lived the gospel well. My parents taught me, and my siblings. In high school, I saw my sister make some poor choices which did not result in happy endings, and I decided I would learn from her mistakes, and not make the same ones. Being a Mormon allowed me to have other Mormon friends, an we were a tight group. Once I went to college, I was again in another group of Mormons as I attended BYU. I met my husband who also grew up Mormon, and we knew we wanted to marry in the temple. We knew that a temple marriage would provide the eternal family and the strength our marriage would need. Little did I know, how much strength we would need. During our 8 years of marriage, we have been through 3 times of unemployment, a legal battle, infertility, and depression. After my second miscarriage after years of trying to have a family, I was devastated. I was angry, depressed, and wondering why a loving heavenly father would make me suffer so much after making good choices. I decided I was not going to pray or read my scriptures anymore. If he didn't care about me, I wouldn't make any effort either. That was the darkest time of my life. After 6 months, I was not myself, and I was not happy. I was even more miserable. I humbled myself and prayed. I felt the peace of my Heavenly Father surround me, and I knew that I was loved. I began my road back with a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I felt his Atonement. I know that gospel of Jesus Christ is true and the scriptures are true. The power of the Priesthood is real and it has help me in my life as I have been healed. I have felt the power of the Holy Ghost, and I cannot deny it. I know my Savior loves me, and I am a daughter of God. That is why I am a Mormon. I

How I live my faith

I live my faith to my best of my ability. I have participated in the past through helping teach sunday instruction to the very young children, the young children, the youth, and now I currently oversee the teaching of the Women on Sunday. I believe that when you are part of a faith, you should live it fully. I am not one to appear one way on Sunday and do other things during the week. I am consistent, and I live my faith daily. I am not afraid to tell someone I am a Mormon, as it is not something I am embarrassed by. The guidelines that are provided I feel make me free to do the things I want to do rather than prohibit me from such activities.